Agriculture

The Agriculture program at Highland Community College can take students down multiple paths and earn them associate of science degree in several including agribusiness, animal science, crop & soil science, horticulture, agricultural education, and food science.

Agribusiness

Agribusiness connects the business world with agriculture by teaching computer, marketing, finance, policy, and management skills to students.  Students apply these skills to various roles within agribusiness, both locally and globally.

Career options include:

  • Marketing Specialist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Commodity Merchandiser
  • Agricultural Loan Officer
  • Retailer Branch Manager
  • Sales Representatives
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Credit Analyst

Animal Science

Animal Science provides students with the opportunity to work with animals or the products that come from animals. Students will learn how to keep animals healthy while studying animal development, nutrition, and genetics.

Career options include:

  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Heard Manager
  • Meat Inspector
  • Animal Geneticist
  • Livestock Grader
  • Artificial Inseminator
  • Feedmill Operator
  • Veterinary

Crop & Soil Science

Students studying Crop & Soil Science learn about plants and their impact on the world as well as how the world’s growing population is fed while keeping that food safe. Students learn problem solving skills that are used to develop insect resistant crops and find ways to grow more food in less space.

Careers options include:

  • Agronomist
  • Entomologist
  • Plant Breeder
  • Plant Geneticist
  • Plant Pathologist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Weed Scientist
  • Crop Producer

Horticulture

Students who select a pathway in Horticulture will learn everything from production to marketing of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants. Students will learn about the impact horticulture has on their daily lives in well being and nutrition.

Career options include:

  • Florist
  • Fruit Tree Producer
  • Golf Course Superintendent
  • Greenhouse Manager
  • Horticulture Instructor
  • Landscape Designer
  • Viticulturist
  • Vegetable Grower

Agricultural Education

Students working toward a career in Agricultural Education learn how to effectively inform students and citizens about the importance of agriculture.  Educators creatively communicate information about the science, technology, and business of agriculture. The classroom learning environment includes instruction, public events, and social media. Classes will prepare students for a career in not only education but in public service while developing leadership, personal growth, and career success.

Careers options include:

  • Agriculture Science Teacher
  • College Recruiter
  • Extension Faculty
  • Career Counselor
  • Agriculture Journalist
  • Ag in the Classroom Coordinator
  • College Professor
  • Radio/Television Broadcaster

Food Science

Food Science students learn about the physical, biological, and chemical makeup of food to begin a career improving food safety, developing new flavors, and enhancing the nutritional value and shelf-life of our favorite foods. Students have the opportunity to learn about health and food safety as well as product packaging and sales.

Career options include:

  • Flavor Technologist
  • Food Safety Specialist
  • Food Inspector
  • Packing Engineer
  • Nutritionalist/dietician
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Product Development Food Scientist
  • Food Production Supervisor

Majors

Agriculture Management- AAS
Agriculture Production – Certificate
General Ag emphasis (Gainful employment info)
Dairy Milker emphasis (Gainful employment info)

Agri-Business Management Program Outcomes
Crop Management Program Outcomes
Dairy Livestock Management Program Outcomes

Degrees

Associate of Science
Certificate
Associate of Applied Science

Contact Agriculture Department

vicki.schulz@highland.edu

Our Agriculture Faculty

Justin Ebert, Agriculture faculty
Monica Pierce, Agriculture faculty
Joe Grove, Economics faculty

Scholarship Opportunities

View all of our scholarships here.

Highland Campus

2998 W. Pearl City Rd. Freeport, IL 61032

815.235.6121